Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pharmaceutical curiosity; Burning Barbershop by D.S. & Durga

Burning Barbershop by D.S. & Durga




I was on the mood, reading a chapter of my legendary childhood-mate Huckleberry Finn and redreaming cartoons of those days back in school. That was my most favorite cause I have grown up in such plentiful geography. Everything seems denser while in woods, smells, shades, lights, tastes and even sounds and noises. Everything has apothecary in spirit! Today I tried D.S. & Durga Burning Barbershop and it gave me the such chill.

In their home in Brooklyn, the Moltz family - David Seth Moltz and Kavi Moltz - began a hobby which turned into business. Borrowing Mr. Moltz' first initials and the nickname with which he calls his wife - Durga - the brand entitled D.S. & Durga.
Before the house start their trial and error efforts in perfumery upon old medical books, the founders had no experience in the field and as described: I was a musician; my wife was an architect”.



"D.S. & Durga make perfume and cologne in small batches using premium-sourced raw materials. All scents are created exclusively in-house. Some of their inspiration comes from outdated herbal wisdom, native ritual medicine, lore and legends, historical movements and Americana. The scents are the stories of prospectors, gentry, trailblazers, frontier women, drawing rooms, workbenches, cowboys. They are fragments of half remembered legends, movements, events, and foreign lands."

Before I apply the sample the name amazed me: a barbershop in fire! I check for the etymology in the webpage and here's their statement:
"A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla & lavender burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this."
That was fun! Cause the smell seriously imitate the picturesque of a barbershop in pre-industrial american society. Post-burning timbers, evaporated old-school colognes and shaving soaps, crumbled alcohol lamps, charred leather seats, and probably a bin of hair and some aprons. But not all the fire incidents are inferno! The funny part of incident is, back in time, poor Curling was probably struggling to take some loan to reestablish Curling Bros. Barbershop, a century later David Seth Moltz makes the incident's perfume! Curling definitely would be the first hater if he was still alive!


A barbershop, probably back in early 1900's.
Nebraska State Historical Society’s Dundy County Collection

Burning Barbershop opens with intense, green, dusty, aromatic, and pungent fougere style, without that vintage mood. It apparently opens with pharmaceutical lavender, spearmint, unpolished lime, and spruce. Lavender usually is capable to take responsibility for main part of a structure but this volume f darkness is out of its personality.
After a while the scent gradually ages and thickens in more woody and leathery base imitated by burnt oil accord, hay, and intensified spruce's woodsy air: dark conifer, dense fat zestless green/gray; like burning timber extinguished in cold water. It reminds me Norne.

Just came to mind once again that how much B.B. fits to Mark Twian

In overall, Burning Barbershop is a creamy lavender, spruce, and leathery incensy mood. It's not an urban fragrance you can wear easily in Brooklyn but definitely a top seller in Oregon! Wild and edgy woodsy fougere aromatic in opening, and the core it sweet herbaceous dark with type or unpleasantness in smoky theme. It is long lasting with average sillage - that is favorable for such performance. Very American and very 19th century. Burning Barbershops is a winter fragrance, not for cloths, only and only for skin. A burnt, charred, almost sad fragrance that rises from famous American pharmaceutical perfume style repeated in many American indies. If you're looking for a smoky dark sweet, old-school, 19th air witchy, then you better open room for this perfume in your basket. It has great longevity, heavy and long lasting, and almost favorable sillage.
You can also read the Non-Blonde's review on the perfume. She has nailed it thoroughly.

Carpe Odor!


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